Impact of upstream anthropogenic river regulation on downstream water availability in transboundary river watersheds

Furat A.M. Al-Faraj, Miklas Scholz

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Abstract

This article assesses the adverse impact of upstream anthropogenic regulation of a transboundary river watershed on the natural flow regime of the downstream country, by focusing on a case study: the Diyala (Sīrvān) River watershed shared between Iraq and Iran. The article explores transboundary watershed management difficulties in a three-level system called the transboundary three-scalar framework, which helps to sustainably manage water resources. The average rates of reduction in flow between 2004 and 2013 ranged from nearly 24% in February to about 77% in September. The median of the reduction of rates between June and October was 66.4%.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-49
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Journal of Water Resources Development
Volume31
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Diyala River watershed
  • Iraq
  • man-made river alteration
  • riparian country
  • transboundary three-scalar framework
  • water sustainability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Water Science and Technology

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